Electrical Automotive Engineering MSc 2019/20 entry

Course code:

EECT007

Study options:

1 year full-time
2 years part-time

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Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

September 2019

 

Fees:

£15,800 | £4,000 (Work placement option additional fee)

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Overview

Electric and Hybrid Electric Vehicles constitute a modern and timely area in engineering, one expected to expand very quickly in the next few years. Watch the course introduction webinar.

Climate change and the consequent need to reduce CO2 emissions has progressively led to major advances in many modern developments of power engineering such as in photovoltaics, wind turbines and biofuels. The next step, which strongly affects our daily lives, is transportation. Electric vehicles minimise pollution whilst increasing power efficiency. Moreover, areas such as autonomous vehicles and smart transportation grids are beginning to become reality. As a result, the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee has recommended the government develop EV-specific qualifications for mechanics and engineers.

Coventry has a long history in the automotive and transport industries. Coventry University plays a significant role in shaping the future of modern transportation and has been a valuable partner in various projects and collaborations with industry and academia in the area of transportation, with significant experience and technical know-how. Furthermore, the Institute for Future Transport and Cities research centre has been established by Coventry University to organise and promote state-of-the-art research activities in the technological field of clean transportation.

Our postgraduate course in electrical automotive engineering aims to provide the expertise required to meet the modern transportation market demands. Carefully planned, it consists of a balanced mix between electric power, electronics and communications. Our vision is to create experienced and specialised engineers who will be highly sought after by the electrical automotive engineering market.

Work placement option

This master's programme provides you with the additional option to apply for a 'work placement' opportunity during your first semester with us. The 'work placement' is designed to further develop your skills, knowledge and professional experience with the aim of maximising your employability prospects. Please note that the optional placement modules incur an additional tuition fee of £4,000. Find out more about the work placement pathway.

Why Coventry University?

An award-winning university, we are committed to providing our students with the best possible experience. We continue to invest in both our facilities and our innovative approach to education. Our students benefit from industry-relevant teaching, and resources and support designed to help them succeed. These range from our modern library and computing facilities to dedicated careers advice and our impressive Students’ Union activities.

Global ready

An international outlook, with global opportunities

Employability

Career-ready graduates, with the skills to succeed

Student experience

All the support you need, in a top student city

What our students say...

After a phase of working as an Engineer, I was determined to revamp my skills and make myself ready for the upcoming trend in Automotive sector. The reason I chose to do my master’s in Electrical Automotive Engineering is because I thoroughly enjoy the subject and it fits perfectly with my career aims. The entire Course at Coventry University is digitalized and has a centralized software hub, so you don’t need to always be at the university to have access to your course materials and high end software.

Mohanraj Rajendran, Electrical Automotive Engineering MSc, Session 2018-2019.

Course information

This course seeks to provide a postgraduate education covering the main theoretical and practical aspects of the field.

The overall aim of the course is to:

  • Provide a deep and comprehensive understanding of the current electric/hybrid electric vehicles technology, concepts and challenges.
  • Develop academic and practical skills in electric power related areas such as electrical machines and drives, power electronics and batteries, covering all aspects of the vehicle’s powertrain.
  • Develop a solid background on vehicle electronics, signal processing and communications needs and challenges.

This course aims to educate graduates, typically from a mechanical/automotive engineering background, in the modern area of electrical automotive engineering and provides a valuable qualification for this growing and expanding market.

Graduates in electrical and electronic engineering, computer hardware and software engineering and other related technical subjects such as mathematics or physics would also have the required background to study this course and re-focus their know-how in automotive technology.

Course Specification
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Modules

Overview

The first semester focuses on electrical machines, power semiconductors, automotive sensors and automotive electronics. The second semester concentrates on automotive cybersecurity, automotive networking, energy storage and entrepreneurship.

In the final semester, you will perform a detailed research project or design study in a technical aspect of the course with the help of an experienced supervisor. You may choose a project topic to suit your interests and career aspirations.

This course includes the Entrepreneurship Global Professional Development module developed in partnership with the Chartered Management Institute.

Without work placement pathway


Semester 1
  • Power semiconductors and converters
  • Sensor and measurement technology
  • Automotive electronics and embedded systems
  • Global Professional Development – Entrepreneurship
Semester 2
  • Automotive cybersecurity
  • Automotive networking and signal processing
  • Energy storage and high voltage systems
  • Electrical machines
Semester 3
  • Individual project

With work placement pathway

The ‘With work placement’ opportunity enables you to apply in semester 1 for an optional work placement of up to 12 months, extending the duration of your Masters to 24 months. The placement provides an opportunity for you to develop expertise and experience in your chosen field with the aim of enhancing your employability upon graduation.

Please note that the optional placement modules incur an additional tuition fee of £4,000. Placement opportunities may also be subject to additional costs, visa requirements being met, subject to availability and/or competitive application. Work placements are not guaranteed but you will benefit from the support of our employability and placements team EEC Futures in trying to find and secure an opportunity.

Semester 1
  • Power semiconductors and converters
  • Sensor and measurement technology
  • Automotive electronics and embedded systems
  • Global Professional Development – Entrepreneurship
Semester 2
  • Automotive cybersecurity
  • Automotive networking and signal processing
  • Energy storage and high voltage systems
  • Electrical machines
Semester 3
  • Work placement (Part One)
Semester 4
  • Work placement (Part Two)
Semester 5
  • Work placement (Part Three)
Semester 6
  • Individual project

We regularly review our course content, to make it relevant and current for the benefit of our students. For these reasons, course modules may be updated.

In more detail...

  • Coventry has received the prestigious ‘Gold award’ in the 2017 Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF).
  • Well-equipped dedicated electronics laboratory and CISCO laboratory, featuring a variety of microprocessors and field programmable gate array platforms.
  • On and off-site access to engineering software such as MATLAB/Simulink, Proteus Design Suite, NI Multisim™, Catia and HyperWorks for design and simulation.
  • Coventry University is taking the lead in cross cutting research developing new forms of transport, with a strong portfolio of world-leading research through various research centres such as Institute for Future Transport and Cities, National Transport Design Centre, Centre for Connected and Autonomous Automotive Research (CCAAR), Centre for Advanced Low Carbon Propulsion Systems C-ALPS and the Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering Institute (AME).
  • Strong links with various stakeholders such as Unipart and Horiba MIRA.
  • Study in our modern £50m Engineering and Computing building, with access to extensive cutting-edge facilities in our High Performance Engineering Centre, which houses a 20% scale model wind tunnel (designed and built by the Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 team), composites lab, metrology lab, flow lab, AVL engine test cell, automotive workshop, fatigue and tensile testing (Instron), a full size Harrier Jet, three further simulators, a range of CNC machinery and a laser workshop.

Your main study themes are:

  • Power semiconductors and converters
  • Sensor and measurement technology
  • Automotive electronics and embedded systems
  • Energy storage and high voltage systems
  • Automotive cybersecurity
  • Automotive networking and signal processing
  • Electrical machines
  • Entrepreneurship

The course will be taught by lectures, laboratory practical hands-on exercises and simulated laboratory exercises. In semester three, you will undertake an individual project.

This course will be assessed using a variety of methods which will vary depending upon the module. Assessment methods include coursework and examinations.

The Coventry University Group assessment strategy ensures that our courses are fairly assessed and allows us to monitor student progression towards achieving the intended learning outcomes. Assessments may include exams, individual assignments or group work elements.

On successful completion, you will be able to:

  • Develop learn and apply new theories, concepts and methods.
  • Critically evaluate, model and test the operation of electrical systems and components for automotive applications.
  • Demonstrate a thorough understanding of electrical power conversion and power flow.
  • Analyse the degradation mechanisms and ageing process of the automotive electrical and electronics systems.
  • Gain an awareness of current standard and specifications of the on-board electronics and networking system to design and assess systems and components.
  • Develop extensive knowledge and understanding of a wide range of computer modelling and simulation software.
  • Conduct rigorous and ethical research / formal enquiry into related issues that require familiarity with a range of research sources and appropriate methodologies.
  • Demonstrate awareness and ability to critically evaluate risks, including health and safety when conducting design and tests.

The modules will be taught through a combination of lectures and laboratory activities. Typically the class contact hours will be around 12 hours per week plus 28 hours of self-directed study hours.

Internationalisation is an important aspect of this course, mainly due to the international interest and focus of the worldwide market on electrical vehicles.

This course typically attracts students from across the globe. There are opportunities for students to work collaboratively during practical hands-on laboratory testing activities. This could offer you the opportunity to develop the international character of your team working and collaboration skills.

Global ready

Did you know we help more students travel internationally than any other UK university according to data from the experts in higher education data and analysis, HESA?

In 2016/17, we were able to provide a total of 3,482 student experiences abroad that lasted at least five days.

Much of this travel is made possible through our Global Leaders Programme, which enables students to prepare for the challenges of the global employment market, as well as strengthening and developing their broader personal and professional skills.

Explore our international experiences

1st for

international experiences

Sending more students overseas than any other UK uni (HESA 2016/17)


3,482

Student experiences

The number of student trips abroad for at least 5 days in 2016/17


21,000

and counting

The number of students we’ve helped travel internationally so far

12

global programmes

As well as trips, we offer other opportunities like language courses


What our students say...

It has been a good experience studying Electrical Automotive Engineering at Coventry University. Lecturers here are very good and experienced and give me a lot of help on learning and living. The lectures are well arranged and we have useful labs in our excellent Laboratory. Coventry is a beautiful city and you will have a pretty good study life here!

Yanbo Zhu, Electrical Automotive Engineering MSc, Session 2018-2019

Entry Requirements

Applicants would normally be expected to possess a minimum of a 2:2 honours degree in a mechanical or automotive engineering subject, but applications from graduates in electrical and electronic engineering, computer hardware and software engineering and other related technical subjects such as mathematics or physics, would also be considered.

Applicants without these formal qualifications, but with several years of experience in a position that would normally be occupied by an honours graduate from the above subjects who could evidence being able to benefit from the course will also be considered. Each application will be considered on its merits and the final decision will be made by the course director. For further information on the type of work experience that would qualify please contact ukpostgraduate@coventry.ac.uk

Applicants would normally be expected to possess a minimum of a 2:2 honours degree in a mechanical or automotive engineering subject, but applications from graduates in electrical and electronic engineering, computer hardware and software engineering and other related technical subjects such as mathematics or physics, would also be considered.

Applicants without these formal qualifications, but with several years of experience in a position that would normally be occupied by an honours graduate from the above subjects who could evidence being able to benefit from the course will also be considered. Each application will be considered on its merits and the final decision will be made by the course director. For further information on the type of work experience that would qualify please contact ukpostgraduate@coventry.ac.uk

English as a Foreign Language: This course requires IELTS of 6.5 overall, with no component lower than 5.5. Pre-sessional English is available if required.

Our International Student Hub offers information on entry requirements for your country, as well as contact details for agents and representatives should you need more advice.

More detail

Applicants would normally be expected to possess a minimum of a 2:2 honours degree in a mechanical or automotive engineering subject, but applications from graduates in electrical and electronic engineering, computer hardware and software engineering and other related technical subjects such as mathematics or physics, would also be considered.

Applicants without these formal qualifications, but with several years of experience in a position that would normally be occupied by an honours graduate from the above subjects who could evidence being able to benefit from the course will also be considered. Each application will be considered on its merits and the final decision will be made by the course director. For further information on the type of work experience that would qualify please contact ukpostgraduate@coventry.ac.uk

English as a Foreign Language: This course requires IELTS of 6.5 overall, with no component lower than 5.5. Pre-sessional English is available if required.

Our International Student Hub offers information on entry requirements for your country, as well as contact details for agents and representatives should you need more advice.

More detail

What our students say...

As a full-time working engineer, I chose the Coventry University Electrical Automotive Engineering MSc to broaden my current qualification and to gain new skills. The course is focused on discovering to-date trends in world-wide automotive electrical engineering and offers the skills necessary for shaping the future of the automotive sector.

In my view, the course outlines all the necessary aspects and offers good preparation and confidence in this very narrow and specific branch of engineering. I can recommend it to all those who wish to be a successful electrical automotive engineer.

Krysztof Janik, MSc Electrical Automotive Engineering Electrical Systems Project Engineer at Restraints Electronics

Tuition Fees

We pride ourselves on offering competitive tuition fees which we review on an annual basis and offer a wide range of scholarships to support students with their studies. Course fees are calculated on the basis of what it costs to teach each course and we aim for total financial transparency.

Starts

Fee


September 2019

£8,350 | £4,000 (Work placement option additional fee) (per year)


UK Scholarships

If you're a truly outstanding undergraduate candidate we may be able to offer you a Coventry University Scholarship. Coventry University Scholarships are awarded to recognise truly exceptional sports achievement and academic excellence.

Starts

Fee


September 2019

£8,350 | £4,000 (Work placement option additional fee) (per year)


EU Scholarships

We're investing into scholarships for high achieving and enterprising students.

Our scholarships are worth up to £10,000 and every student that applies will be considered. Fulfil your potential this academic year with Coventry University!

Starts

Fee


September 2019

£15,800 | £4,000 (Work placement option additional fee) (per year)


International Scholarships

We're investing into scholarships for high achieving and enterprising students.

Our scholarships are worth up to £10,000 and every student that applies will be considered. Fulfil your potential this academic year with Coventry University!

Course essentials – additional costs

Attendance at national and international conferences and workshops to present work may be subject to an application process, additional costs, availability and/or meeting applicable visa requirements.

Subject to a successful application for the optional work placement, a £4000 placement fee is payable in semester two.

EU student fees

EU nationals and their family members starting in the 2019/20 academic year remain eligible for the same fees as home students and the same financial support. Financial support comes from Student Finance England, and covers undergraduate and postgraduate study for the duration of their course, providing they meet the residency requirement.

For tuition fee loans

EU nationals must have resided in the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland for the three years prior to the start of their course. The purpose of that three year residency should not have been mainly for the purpose of receiving full time education.

For maintenance loans

EU nationals must have resided in the UK and Islands for the five years prior to the start of their course. The purpose of that five year residency should not have been mainly for the purpose of receiving full time education.

What our students say...

As a full-time working engineer, I chose the Coventry University Electrical Automotive Engineering MSc to broaden my current qualification and to gain new skills. The course is focused on discovering to-date trends in world-wide automotive electrical engineering and offers the skills necessary for shaping the future of the automotive sector.

In my view, the course outlines all the necessary aspects and offers good preparation and confidence in this very narrow and specific branch of engineering. I can recommend it to all those who wish to be a successful electrical automotive engineer.

Krysztof Janik, Current Student, Electrical Automotive Engineering MSc, Electrical Systems Project Engineer at Restraints Electronics.

Career prospects

Electrification of transportation is one of the most rapidly expanding markets, while manufacturers are seeking appropriately educated engineers to cover the needs in all aspects of electrical and electronic engineering focusing on electric vehicles.

Specialisation in this particular area could significantly enhance your career prospects and may provide excellent opportunities for a challenging, well paid and interesting job.

Where our graduates work

Our vision is to create experienced and specialised engineers who will be highly sought after by the electrical automotive engineering market.

What our students say...

As a full-time working engineer, I chose the Coventry University Electrical Automotive Engineering MSc to broaden my current qualification and to gain new skills. The course is focused on discovering to-date trends in world-wide automotive electrical engineering and offers the skills necessary for shaping the future of the automotive sector.

In my view, the course outlines all the necessary aspects and offers good preparation and confidence in this very narrow and specific branch of engineering. I can recommend it to all those who wish to be a successful electrical automotive engineer.

Krysztof Janik, Current Student, Electrical Automotive Engineering MSc, Electrical Systems Project Engineer at Restraints Electronics.
Disclaimer

By accepting your offer of a place and enrolling with us, a Student Contract will be formed between you and the University. A copy of the 19/20 Contract can be found here. The Contract details your rights and the obligations you will be bound by during your time as a student and contains the obligations that the University will owe to you. You should read the Contract before you accept an offer of a place and before you enrol at the University.

The tuition fee for the course that is stated on the webpage and in the prospectus will apply. If the duration of the course is longer than one academic year, the University may increase the fee for each subsequent year of study but any such increases will be no more than inflation.

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